Actress Alia Bhatt shows some stunning classical dance moves in her upcoming film Kalank. The glimpse of which can be seen in the first song from the film, titled Ghar More Pardesiya. The song features Alia and Madhuri Dixit synching their voices to the tunes of the classical number. Now, in an interview with a daily, Alia has opened up on how difficult it was to share the screen space with Madhuri and constantly fearing if she has a dance face-off with the actress in the song. Alia revealed that Madhuri always stood by her while she was practising her dance moves and helped to learn the skills to perfection.

Alia told Mid-Day, “I was lucky that it wasn’t a dance-off. Madhuri ma’am could sense my tension; she was constantly instructing me on how to conduct myself. She ensured I performed everything perfectly – from the expressions to the steps.” The actress added that the toughest part was to bring perfection in her twirls especially while wearing the heavy white-pink lehenga. Alia explained, “The spins were the toughest part; the weight of the lehenga made it difficult to spin fast. I was worried about how I had fared, but once I finished the take, Remo sir (D’Souza, choreographer) gave me ‘okay’. That was reassuring.” Alia said the song is so crucial to the movie that “there was no scope of going wrong with this.”

The actress also revealed that the makers have only shown the edited version of the song on YouTube and there’s a lot in the video that’s left to be revealed on-screen. “We want to leave a chunk for the movie. This song is visually opulent and has a cinematic quality,” Alia said.

The actress, who plays the character of Roop in the film, revealed that she trained for two months with Pandit Birju Maharaj for the song. “It was a difficult and crucial song for me. While I trained in Indian classical dancing for nearly a year, I dedicated two months to this particular song. Pandit Birju Maharaj helped me crack the expressions. I consulted him a week before we shot the song,” Alia explained.

Apart from Alia and Madhuri, Kalank also features Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur in important roles. The film is directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Dharma Productions. It is slated for release on April 17.